The Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Monday night, with District Attorney Michael Renteria in attendance, on the potential addition of school resource officers to schools in Hidalgo, Luna, and Grant County. We talked.
“In light of the state of the country as a whole, the latest I can think of would of course be the story of Uvalde at that school in Texas,” said Renteria. Be as aggressive as you can, or at least try to achieve or be as aggressive as you can. What started me thinking was the school resource officer. In Deming, serving the entire school district, he knows there are three… That’s not enough people, but at least she has three. ”
He pitched the idea to multiple law enforcement officers across three counties and received only positive responses. It turned out to be difficult to find.
“Our community is suffering. We don’t have enough recruitment and retention potential to keep them serving the community,” he said. “Of course, how can we simultaneously affect school safety and public safety and the most vulnerable people who cannot protect themselves?”
Renteria’s lead investigator, Jacob Villegas, also attended the meeting and said school resource officers do more than simply prevent school shootings.
“School resource officers bring mentorship not just to students, but to the whole community,” he said. They might come out and say, ‘Look, I’m being bullied.'” You may feel more comfortable talking to a police officer than just a security guard. Additionally, officers can educate students about law and give them another perspective on law enforcement. ”
Board members agreed that the possibility of school resource officers be added as an action item at the next regular meeting.
At its Monday night meeting, the board approved two action items for funding the American Rescue Plan. Special Education Director Melissa Maynes submitted the first budget adjustment request for $63,925.
“Here’s the breakdown,” she said. “The IEP-specific fee is about $10,700. [Individualized Education Programs] materials, specific $10,760 [special education] Teacher and staff training — specifically coaching such as IEP development, productive current performance levels, joint goal creation, social and emotional learning, and training especially for middle school students. [Also,] $40,000 for an enrichment program for students with an IEP to participate in community-based activities.
Director Gilbert Guadiana questioned whether the ongoing problem of leaving cobre, primarily special education students, had been fixed. I answered no.
Another $5,487 adjustment also impacted the training of special education staff for pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
“With both funds combined, we can get about seven to eight visits, depending on the training for onsite training,” Maynes said. “This is from a certified coach or consultant who can work specifically with our team in these areas.”
Board member David Terrazas noted that the funds will be available until September 2023, and the board recommended using the funds by August or September of next year.
Superintendent Jeff Spalletta reported on the school district’s plans to address sexual harassment and gender equality.
“Title IX implementation plan — we’re working on the plan we presented last time,” he said. “On Fridays, we have two two-hour trainings for district managers, and on Fridays, we have one-hour trainings for all staff across the district. , we will be updating information about Title IX and providing instructions on how to submit a Title IX report, which we will also send to parents in the district.”
Spaletta also referenced Cobre’s Thanksgiving food drive, saying it was a complete success.
“We delivered 223 turkeys and food crates to needy families in the area,” he said. “We had about 60 volunteers on one day. We didn’t expect that many on the first day. About 60 volunteers from churches, motorcycle groups, mines and high school students. I’m really glad you helped me, [and] We did it over four days. ”
Guadiana told Spalletta, “I’m grateful to have been able to do all this and have so much participation.” It was quite an eye-opener to see.”
During Monday night’s meeting, Operations Director Dane Kennon addressed ongoing air conditioning and heating issues at Coble School.
“There are still rooms all over the district where we’re working on heating issues,” he said. I told my high school principal that I wouldn’t go anywhere warm until Monday.”
The performing arts center needs a new thermostat, but it’s hard to find, he said. Luckily, he found it locally, and he said the facility’s heating would be up and running today.
“We figured it out. I think it’s about 90 to 95 percent across the district,” says Kennan. “We still sometimes bring in a teacher or two who have a cold room.”
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